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Iowa Republicans Back Trump In Caucuses Batting Away Two Gop Challengers
Regardless of an incumbent president from their party, Republicans still came out to show their support at the Iowa Caucuses on Monday night.
DES MOINES President Trump handily warded off two GOP challengers in Mondays Republican caucuses after Iowa Republicans turned out to pledge their support for the impeached president.
The Iowa Republican Party announced at 9:38 p.m. Monday that the party broke caucus turnout record set in similar caucus years when there was an incumbent president. With 94 percent reporting at 10:46 p.m., Trump had won all of the partys 37 delegates with 99 percent of caucusgoers support. The other two candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh did not have enough supporters to be viable at any precinct.
Des Moines resident Gary Propstein, 61, arrived at Perkins Elementary Schools library 45 minutes early and waited for the Republican caucus to start. He wore a Keep America Great hat and proudly voiced his support for Trump.
The Democrats just dont want to accept that he won the election, even though there was nothing wrong, Propstein said of the impeachment. Trumps impeachment trial regarding his alledged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will come to a vote on Wednesday. Trumps an outsider and just proving theres corruption.
He said his support for Trump is based on more than party politics. Propstein said he supports Trump because hes not a traditional politician.
Meet Trumps Gop Opposition
Suffice it to say, neither Walsh nor Weld has much chance against Trump. Walsh has already announced that he will not be on the ballot in his home state of Illinois, citing a lack of resources and the need to focus on Iowa and New Hampshire. Ive contacted Weld and Walsh for comment and will update if and when I hear back.
Part of it is that we have to convince a lot of the Republican donors that there is a viable option and theyre going to want to see results before they put money into our organization, a spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times. And while Weld has polled well in New Hampshire, his numbers are far outmatched by Trumps.
But victory isnt necessarily the point of either mans long-shot bid for the White House. Rather, their campaigns are intended as signals to Trump-skeptical Republicans that theyre not alone in their opposition to the president.
For Weld, his focus is on restoring normalcy to the Republican Party as a real Republican. When I with the former governor back in August and asked him about Trumps considerable popularity with the GOP, he told me, Im not willing to concede your premise. I will concede that Im a normal Republican, and the implication of that is that Mr. Trump is a Republican in name only.
He believes Republican voters are looking for fiscal conservatism and a small-government ethos from a presidential candidate willing to stand up for the taxpayer.
Weld has a lengthy political history, as I detailed last year:
Relationship With The Press
Throughout his career, Trump has sought media attention, with a “lovehate” relationship with the press. Trump began promoting himself in the press in the 1970s. Fox News anchor and former House speaker have characterized Trump as a “” who makes controversial statements to see people’s “heads explode.”
In the 2016 campaign, Trump benefited from a record amount of free media coverage, elevating his standing in the Republican primaries.New York Times writer wrote in 2018 that Trump’s media dominance, which enthralls the public and creates “can’t miss” reality television-type coverage, was politically beneficial for him.
As a candidate and as president, Trump frequently accused the press of bias, calling it the “fake news media” and “the .” In 2018, journalist recounted Trump’s saying he intentionally demeaned and discredited the media “so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”
As president, Trump deployed the legal system to intimidate the press. In early 2020, the Trump campaign sued The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN for alleged defamation in opinion pieces about Russian election interference. Legal experts said that the lawsuits lacked merit and were not likely to succeed. By March 2021, the lawsuits against The New York Times and CNN had been dismissed.
Once The Voting Is Over Its Time To Translate Those Results Into Delegates
Delegates, after all, are the point of presidential primaries and caucuses. Its delegates, not the sheer number of votes, that political parties count to determine who will be their nominee.
After the alignments, the viable candidates will be allocated whats called State Delegate Equivalents, according to their performance at that site.
These delegates, through a process involving Democratic Party math and the state convention, will eventually correlate to the number of national delegates a candidate gets at the national conventions.
The Iowa Democratic Party doesnt declare a winner, but historically the person with the most SDEs has been considered the winner. However, with the first- and second-round results being reported out this year, its conceivable candidates could have more opportunities to spin the results in their favor.
Registered Republican voters show up at their caucus site, hear some speeches and vote for their preferred candidate. The votes are counted and the delegates are elected to the county convention based on the proportion of support a candidate receives.
Despite several state Republican parties canceling their 2020 primaries because an incumbent is running for reelection, Iowa Republicans will hold their caucus on Feb. 3.
As Iowa Goes So Goes What Past Losers Still Won The Gop Nomination
The next sounds you hear will be Iowa Republicans rendering their judgment for 2012. The road to the magic number of 1,145 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination begins Tuesday. The caucuses, all 1,774 of them, start at 7 pm Central time , and results may start to trickle in within the hour.
Here’s a look at the field, presented in order of their standing in the final Des Moines Register poll, which was released Saturday night:
Rick Santorum : If any candidate goes into Tuesday’s caucuses with momentum, according to the Des Moines Register poll, it’s Santorum. Until now, he had been the only candidate not to experience a day in the sun as a “frontrunner.” In fact, few were even talking about him. But his dogged determination in organizing in all 99 counties seems to have paid off, at least in the Register and CNN polls. If the evangelical vote coalesces around him he did get the backing of Bob Vander Plaats, a big deal with pro-family groups Santorum could be a factor. And even if it is only third place, that’s still much better than anyone could have imagined just a short time ago. But a strong finish on Tuesday needs to be followed by strong finishes elsewhere, in states where he has not put in the time and effort he has in Iowa, and he is hampered by a lack of organization and money.
History. Here’s a look at the results of contested GOP caucuses since 1980
Iowa winner George H.W. Bush
1979 straw poll winner Bush
How Many People Turn Out For The Caucuses
For a long time, that was a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Until recently, the parties didnt report attendance figures, only state delegate equivalents, using complex formulas to translate the caucus-night results into state convention delegates. Individual precincts didnt always keep close counts of how many people caucused, or if anyone left early. Add in that 17-year-olds can caucus if theyll turn 18 by Election Day, and the difficulties in reliably calculating turnout become clear.
In 2016, 186,874 Iowans participated in the Republican caucus and 171,109 participated in the Democratic caucus, both held on Feb. 1. On that date, according to the Iowa secretary of states office, there were 586,835 active registered Democratic voters and 615,763 active Republican registered voters. That works out to 30.3% of eligible Republicans and 29.2% of eligible Democrats participating in the caucuses, or 18.5% of the states total 1,937,317 active registered voters.
As of Jan. 2, 2020, according to the secretary of states office, there were 2,017,205 active register voters in Iowa. 614,519 were registered Democrats, 639,969 were registered Republicans, and the rest were independents or members of other parties.
Iowa Caucuses: Nine Unusual Things About Them
On Monday evening, tens of thousands of Democrats in Iowa will brave the cold and gather in schools, churches, gyms and libraries to decide on their favourite presidential candidates.
It’s the first stop in the race for the Democratic nomination – but it’s not a traditional vote as you know it.
Most US elections involve filling in a ballot paper in private. But in Iowa’s caucuses, Democrats will gather in noisy rooms, stand in different zones to show which candidate they support – and try to convince others to switch sides.
Here’s what’s unusual about one of the first key contests for Democrats who want to take on Donald Trump.
A Disappointment: Iowa Caucus Turnout Below Expectations
DES MOINES, Iowa Iowa Democrats are recovering from a number of disappointments after Mondays Iowa caucuses, though one has received less attention than the others.
About 176,000 Iowans attended their precinct caucuses, a slight uptick from 2016 but fewer than expected.
The number is certain to rattle Democrats who are banking on high turnout in battlegrounds across the country to win in November. And it raises doubts about whether Iowa is winnable by Democrats, after a recent shift toward Republicans.
The number was perhaps most disappointing to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose strategy in the primary and the general election hinges on bringing out young and infrequent voters. Asked about the turnout at a debate Friday night, Sanders acknowledged it was off the mark.
Thats a disappointment and I think all of us probably could have done a better job of bringing out our supporters, he said.
The parade of candidates, a Democratic base seething to unseat President Donald Trump and high participation in 2018 midterms had party insiders braced for a turnout could match or top the contests high-water mark.
But Monday came nowhere near the 2008 caucuses, when roughly 238,000 Iowans participated in the kickoff clash among Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, onetime Iowa favorite John Edwards and a handful of others. The 2020 caucuses did draw 5,000 more than 2016, when Clinton very narrowly beat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but went on to lose to Donald Trump.
Civil War And Reconstruction
American settlers began to establish cotton in north Florida, which required numerous laborers, which they supplied by buying slaves in the domestic market. By 1860, Florida had only 140,424 people, of whom 44% were enslaved. There were fewer than 1,000 free before the American Civil War.
On January 10, 1861, nearly all delegates in the Florida Legislature approved an ordinance of secession, declaring Florida to be “a sovereign and independent nation”an apparent reassertion to the preamble in Florida’s Constitution of 1838, in which Florida agreed with Congress to be a “Free and Independent State.” The ordinance declared Florida’s secession from the , allowing it to become one of the founding members of the .
The Confederacy received little military help from Florida; the 15,000 troops it offered were generally sent elsewhere. Instead of troops and manufactured goods, Florida did provide salt and, more importantly, beef to feed the Confederate armies. This was particularly important after 1864, when the Confederacy lost control of the Mississippi River, thereby losing access to Texas beef. The largest engagements in the state were the , on February 20, 1864, and the , on March 6, 1865. Both were Confederate victories. The war ended in 1865.
Iowa Caucuses: Steve Kornacki Explains How They Work
Another change: Only members of nonviable groups will be allowed to realign. In the past, candidates who had initially hit 15 percent could lose supporters in the realignment. But for this cycle, the initial 15 percent support gets locked in.
Unlike the Democrats, Republicans select their candidate via a simple secret ballot. There is no shuffling from one corner of the caucus site to the other. There is no 15 percent viability or realignment. And there’s no mathematical formula to determine delegates awarded at each caucus site.
With President Donald Trump receiving nominal GOP opposition, however, the Republican process in Iowa isn’t as important to follow this presidential cycle.
State Political Party Revenue
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party maintain state affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and select U.S. territories. The following maps display total state political party revenue per capita for the and state party affiliates from 2011 to 2016. The blue map displays Democratic state parties and the red map displays Republican state parties. Click on a state below to view the state party’s revenue per capita totals:
Total and state political party revenue per capita in the United States, 2011-2016
How Are Delegates Awarded
For candidates who make the 15% viability cut, 2,107 state delegate equivalents will be awarded proportionally by precinct on caucus night. Then, the party holds a series of conventions that eventually lead to the election and proportional allocation of the states 41 pledged national delegates who will head to the Democratic National Convention.
To win the nomination, a Democrat needs the backing of a majority of the 3,979 pledged national delegates at stake at the convention.
Why Does Iowa Vote First
Caucuses have been features of Iowa politics since the 19th century, but, as one historian wrote, they attracted no national attention before 1972: Generally, caucus attendance was poor, and often a handful of party regulars were the only persons present.
That changed after the national Democratic Party revamped its nominating process in the wake of its chaotic 1968 convention. As a consequence of those changes, the Iowa party moved its precinct caucuses which typically had been held in late March or early April to Jan. 24, somewhat inadvertently making them the first step on the long road to the national convention. In 1972, George McGovern campaigned in Iowa to raise his profile ahead of the New Hampshire primary; even though McGovern came in third in Iowa, he ultimately won the nomination. In 1976, the Republican and Democratic parties agreed to hold their caucuses on the same day, and both attracted substantial attention from candidates and the media. Since then, the state has zealously defended its first-in-the-nation status.
But this status has not come without opposition. Among registered voters who identify as Democrats or as independents who lean toward the Democratic Party, 26% say its a bad thing that Iowas caucuses go before other states, versus 9% who say its a good thing, according to a new Pew Research Center report. Opposition was strongest among liberals and those who said theyve thought a lot about the candidates.
Iowa Republican Presidential Caucuses
The 2020 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses took place on Monday, February 3, 2020, as the first caucus or primary in the Republican Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Iowa caucuses are a closed caucus, with Iowa awarding 40 pledged delegates to the Republican National Convention, allocated on the basis of the results of the caucuses. Incumbent president Donald Trump received about 97 percent of the vote to clinch 39 delegates, while Bill Weld received enough votes to clinch 1 delegate.
Iowa Caucuses Turnout: Entrance Poll Shows Dip In First
Iowa’s presidential caucuses were expected to draw record turnout Monday, but early data from the NBC News entrance poll show a big dip in participants attending a Democratic caucus for the first time.
The entrance poll showed just about a third of voters 35 percent caucusing this year are first-timers, a lower level than in 2016, when first-timers made up 44 percent of the Hawkeye State’s Democratic caucusgoers.
And this year’s level of new participants is well shy of that in 2008, when a whopping 57 percent of Democrats said they had never caucused before.
In a statement addressing a delay in results, the Iowa Democratic Party said that early data indicate turnout could eventually match that of 2016.
“What we know right now is that around 25 percent of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016,” IDP communications director Mandy McClure said.
How Many Other States And Territories Use Caucuses
Not as many as used to. This year, besides Iowa, only two other states and four U.S. territories will pick their Democratic convention delegates through caucuses, 11 fewer states than in 2016. In 2018, the national Democratic Party adopted a package of changes to its nominating process, including a rule encouraging state parties to use government-run primaries whenever possible.
Caucuses have been on the decline for a long time. On the Democratic side in 1972, 33 states and territories used them to pick convention delegates, and, as late as 1984, 32 still did. By 2016, however, only 14 states and four territories were still using them.
The 2024 Iowa Caucus Campaign Has Already Begun
Trump’s preeminence in the Republican Party isn’t stopping would-be successors from campaigning and recruiting supporters in Iowa.
06/28/2021 04:30 AM EDT
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Former President Donald Trump would be the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican Partys nomination should he wage a 2024 comeback bid. But thats not stopping his would-be GOP successors from barreling into Iowa.
Only months after Trumps election defeat, Republicans are laying the groundwork for the all-important, first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Potential candidates are hopscotching across the state to fundraise, campaign for midterm hopefuls and appear at traditional party dinners that mark the start of caucus season.
And behind the scenes, Republicans are making overtures to influential activists, meeting with party leaders and hiring operatives with deep experience in Iowa, which is still expected to be the first 2024 contest for Republicans even though Democrats are grappling with whether to change their nominating calendar.
The burst of early activity which is set to accelerate over the summer months illustrates how Republicans are maneuvering with an eye toward succeeding Trump. A Trump bid would likely extinguish their hopes of becoming the partys nominee, and at least one candidate has said they won’t run if if Trump does. But would-be contenders are wasting no time preparing for the possibility of an open nominating contest.
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Trump Easily Wins Iowa Republican Caucuses
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page deputy editor and Fox News contributor Dan Henninger says President Trump ‘will rise above’ discussing the Democrats’ impeachment efforts during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
President Trump easily defeated his primary rivals in Mondays Iowa Republican caucuses, in the first indication that those attempting to take on the president inside his own party stand a slim chance of making headway against the incumbent.
Iowa results showed the president winning with roughly 97 percent of the vote over former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh. The primary challengers walked away with about 1 percent each.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel congratulated the president, vowing he’ll carry the state in November.
While the focus has been on the Democratic contest Monday, Iowa Republicans also caucused at precincts throughout the state.
The president has record support among Republican voters, Republican National Committee spokesman Rick Gorka told Fox News on Monday. I am not concerned with those embarked on a vanity project.
When asked how long he would stay in the Republican primary race after his defeat Monday night, Walsh campaign spokesman Charles Siler told Fox News on Monday that the former congressman “is keeping every option open.”
Statehood And Indian Removal
Defense of Florida’s northern border with the United States was minor during the second Spanish period. The region became a haven for escaped slaves and a base for Indian attacks against U.S. territories, and the U.S. pressed Spain for reform.
Americans of and began moving into northern Florida from the backwoods of and . Though technically not allowed by the Spanish authorities and the Floridan government, they were never able to effectively police the border region and the backwoods settlers from the United States would continue to immigrate into Florida unchecked. These migrants, mixing with the already present British settlers who had remained in Florida since the British period, would be the progenitors of the population known as .
These American settlers established a permanent foothold in the area and ignored Spanish authorities. The British settlers who had remained also resented Spanish rule, leading to a rebellion in 1810 and the establishment for ninety days of the so-called Free and Independent Republic of on September 23. After meetings beginning in June, rebels overcame the garrison at , and unfurled the flag of the new republic: a single white star on a blue field. This flag would later become known as the “”.
Some Seminoles remained, and the U.S. Army arrived in Florida, leading to the . Following the war, approximately 3,000 Seminole and 800 Black Seminole were removed to . A few hundred Seminole remained in Florida in the .
What Exactly Are The Iowa Caucuses
The Iowa caucuses are essentially neighborhood meetings of those political parties which were able to garner a set amount of votes in the previous general election.
Caucuses are not elections. They are run by the state parties and not state government. They are the mechanism through which individuals show their support for a candidate, and tell the parties what issues matter to them.
Every two years, the two major political parties hold these caucus meetings to discuss their platform and upcoming events. But every four years, during the presidential elections, the caucuses are also used to determine who the parties presidential nominee should be.
Since Iowa is the first state in the nation to hold a caucus or primary, during Februaries of presidential election years, all eyes are in Iowa to see who the early leaders will be in the presidential race.
The caucus system, rightly, has come under criticism in recent years. Other states, like New Hampshire, hold primaries where people simply cast a vote to conduct similar party business. Unlike casting a vote, which you can do in minutes over a period of a day, the caucuses require people to be physically present for a few hours. That makes participation difficult for people who can’t get or afford child care, people living with disabilities or mobility issues, people who lack transportation, and people who work evenings.
Caucus Turnout: Robust Record
Iowas 2016 caucus attendance was a doozy.
Republicans counted more than 180,000 caucusgoers, topping their 2012 attendance record of 121,503 by an estimated 60,000 people.
And while Democratic numbers werent completely tallied at the time of this publication, all indications pointed to a robust performance, although not likely to top the roughly 240,000 total who showed up in 2008 to vote for a Democratic rock-star field led by Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.
The turnouts shunned conventional wisdom that high participation would equate to a Donald Trump victory, said Kedron Bardwell, the chairman of the political science department at Simpson College.
Its not what people were expecting in terms of what would happen if we had an increased turnout, Bardwell said. This is a dynamic kind of effect. If people anticipate that Trump is going to win, it also motivates the people that want anybody but Trump.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said he is “very, very proud of my fellow citizens” for the record turnout.
“If there was ever a doubt that the people of Iowa believe in grassroots democracy, I think tonight that doubt is completely erased, Kaufmann said.
Some caucusgoers reported delays due to crowds.
At least one Democratic voter precinct at Iowa State University initially ran out of voter registration papers, according to a report from Betsy Woodruff, a reporter for The Daily Beast. At other sites, caucusgoers .